Rev. Albert Koppes, retired associate chancellor of the University, former academic vice president and founding dean of the School of Education, passed away from pneumonia on March 12, 2019. He was 85 years old.
Reverend Koppes founded the School of Education at LMU and held a position at the University for 43 years. He also worked as interim director of Campus Ministry and as an associate professor for many years.
“Of his many accomplishments, he was most proud of founding Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education Corps, which helped teachers earn a master’s degree and teaching credentials while working in underserved Catholic schools to give back to the community”, said President Snyder.
“Before anything he was a priest and he was always concerned with our spiritual well-being,” said Mary McCullough, interim dean of the School of Education. “To put it simply, he was just a great person.”
McCullough also remembered Koppes’s clear vision for the school and how he encouraged all those who worked for him to try new things and grow as people, like when she wanted to start the first ever doctorate program for the school, the Ed.D in Educational Leadership for Social Justice.
“He was a mentor to each one of us [at the School of Education] ... We all loved him,” McCullough said.
During his time as dean of the School of Education, the graduate college was able to expand from only 350 students to the 850 students they have today. He was also recognized in the Faculty Hall of Fame, which honors faculty members who left a lasting and profound impact on the University.
A funeral to celebrate Koppes’s life will take place in Sacred Heart Chapel. Specific details have yet to be released.